If the Angels miss out on a playoff spot by one game, they’ll have to look at their decision to send Jered Weaver down for three weeks in June.
After defeating Kansas City on June 13, Weaver was optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake city when Bartolo Colon came off the disabled list. Five days later, when Weaver presumably would have pitched, the Angels lost, 7-3, to San Diego. They went on to lose six of their next 10 games after that, and if Weaver had pitched every five games, he would have gotten the start on June 30, when the Angels lost, 6-1, to the Dodgers.
Another way to look at it is to examine the games started by Jered’s brother, Jeff, who was the player ultimately traded when the Angels came to their senses and recalled Jered from the minors. Anaheim lost two of the three games started by Jeff Weaver in the three weeks his brother was hopping around the Pacific Coast League.
So whether you look at the games Jered Weaver might have pitched had he gone every fifth game following his June 13 start, or use the three starts made by Jeff in the three weeks Jered was in the minors, the Angels lost two of three in both instances. He won each of his first seven starts and was in position to win his eighth yesterday, but the bullpen blew his lead in the eighth.
Hopefully, it won’t cost them in September.